A bit about me

I am an experienced senior leader with skills in entrepreneurial business development, fundraising, strategic organisational change, education and influencing social care policy. I also have current and 25 years past experience as a charity trustee at Board level, including 8 years on a school board and, by learning both sides of the relationship, I have gained an in-depth understanding of the complexities that might be encountered.

In 1990 I set up and ran a charity for people with a learning disability which grew to a highly recognised organisation of £6.5m T/O and employing 350 staff. Not just measured by CQC as 'Outstanding', the charity was also recognised through national awards for Innovation, Leadership and Community Impact.

After 40 years working in the voluntary sector, I have gained decades of first-hand experience of senior executive leadership and management. Now I am coaching others; those who want to be as effective and purposeful as possible.

The most important thing that I say about myself is this:

I am not just passionate about wanting to 'make a difference', I have done it.
And I want to keep on making a difference in the best way that I can!

I understand the importance of coaching every individual in their individual pathway. Helping people with a learning disability discover their aspirations, and the means to realise them, led me to coaching. I have been coaching since 2014. I am a Full member of the Association for Coaching, the professional body for qualified coaches.

I trained and qualified with the ILM in Executive Coaching & Mentoring so, when the charity I established merged with a national charity, I moved on and have now transferred my skills to become an established coach. I have coached leaders in both voluntary and private sector with a wide range of business missions.
My coaching is directed to those of you who are leaders who want to 'make a difference'. I have the experience and expertise to know how to make a difference, and I am sharing this with entrepreneurs and leaders who have similar values and commitment.

I am a certified facilitator to deliver DiSC® profiles for Workplace Behaviours, Team Structures, Sales Behaviours, Management, Leadership and 360 Leadership Assessments. 

What others have said


"The coaching has enhanced my leadership skills"

"We really concentrated on my leadership style and got underneath how I feel about my role."

"When David clarified and summarised what I was saying, it helped me to clarify it too."

"It was more helpful than I was expecting."

"David has exceptional skills in Executive Coaching. He has been coaching me over the last four months, and the sessions have proved invaluable in helping me look objectively at my strengths and weaknesses, areas of expertise and to help me develop a personal and professional strategy for the next stage of my career."

"Through working with David, he helped me gain a real insight into my leadership and management. His calm approach helpfully gave space to reflect on my style and he very effectively constructively challenged. His significant and current experience as a Chief Executive gives the coaching a real authenticity that I'm not sure would be achieved in any other way."

"David has been my coach for over a year and my respect and admiration for his approach to coaching just keeps on growing! He is an excellent listener; he remains curious; he gently questions; he is enabling and he is astute and perceptive in his observations and reflections. I have never felt patronised by David; in fact I always feels like we are learning by exploring different options/scenarios together. If you are a manager or board member wanting to grow professionally and understand yourself better, contact David."

Endorsed on LinkedIn July 2017